We serve an awesome God who loves His children and willingly offers His provision to us. But we often misunderstand the intent of this provision and fall into a sense of entitlement when it comes to God’s blessings. We look at our lives and constantly see the need before the blessing. Knowing God is our Jehovah Jireh (our Provider), we take those needs to Him – expecting Him to act. When He does not act as we expect Him to we begin to question His faithfulness. We must be careful, though, as this is a slippery slope. Entitlement quickly becomes resentment when God doesn’t act according to our desires. But we must remember the words of Isaiah.

  • Isaiah 55:8-9: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We must always remember that God knows what He’s doing – with us, with everything. But we struggle to balance this fact with the words of Philippians 4:19 that say God will meet all our needs. We interpret this verse to say God will meet all our wants and fail to realize that God has perfect perspective. He sees and knows everything about us, including the difference between what we want and what we truly need.
You see, there are times when our faith needs to be tested because it is in those tests where we learn to lean on the Lord. True dependence on Him results in true abundance.

  • James 1:2-4: Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • Psalm 66:10-12: For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

We also see Paul note in Romans that these tests produce perseverance which grows into character and blossoms into hope. God wants to see us mature in our walk and relationship with Him in this way. He knows that simply giving us all our wants will not produce the kind of growth He has planned for us, so instead He remains true to His word and meets our needs.
Other times, we need to yield our lives to Him fully. God knows when we’re holding back, He knows when we’re not fully surrendered. God knows when we’re in rebellion, and as our heavenly Father, He will do what is needed to bring us back into relationship with Him. He won’t force Himself on us but will do what is necessary to get our attention and encourage our full submission to Him.

  • 1 Peter 5:6: Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.
  • Hebrews 12:9: Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
  • James 4:7: Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

These are real needs that all of God’s children have, and in God’s infinite love for us – He meets them. This may be a difficult process for us. In a way it is meant to be, because in these difficulties we realize our need for the Lord. He sees us right where we are, and makes the choice, no matter how difficult, to do whatever is required to draw us unto Himself. This is true love. This is Godly provision. This is Jehovah Jireh being true to Himself.
This Sunday we continue with our Names of God series by studying the name Jehovah Nissi. What does it mean that God is our Banner? I look forward to seeing each of you there as we continue to dive into the names, nature, and character of God; all so that we can lean more on Him and grow deeper in our relationship with Him.

In His Service,
John McRae